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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

I was pleased to see some Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) yesterday when out on my walk. Above are a pair of males. These beautiful little diving ducks re-ignited my enthusiasm for bird-watching nearly two years ago when I first saw them in the midst of a long gray December. I think they must nest further north and fly south to winter around here since I generally see them during the winter months.


JoJo said...

What unusual markings on their feathers! And such bright yellow eyes too.

paula said...

So peaceful.

SRQ said...

Wonderful capture. Photography and birding seem to go hand-in-hand. Whenever I upgrade my camera, I'll be getting a much longer lens for nature pics.